If you have a painful knee, this could be due to calcium forming inside the joints in the synovial fluid -this is a viscous fluid with an egg-white consistency, vital for reducing friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints when they are moved.
This calcium in the fluid may crystallize and when this happens the crystals damage the articular surfaces. You may feel pain and notice tenderness and swelling, plus inflamed skin over the joint, plus stiffness.
The two main types of calcium crystals that can cause painful joint inflammation are calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) crystals and apatite crystals often collectively referred to as calcium crystal diseases. CPP crystals tend to build up in the joint cartilage and cause chondroncalcinosis, also known as cartilage calcification and usually affects people in the late middle-age to elderly.
Apatite crystals tend to occasionally build up in the cartilage but do so mostly in a tendon and cause calcific tendinitis and affects mostly young or middle-aged adults.
Sometimes cartilage calcification may involve a mixture of both CPP and apatite crystals.
Shock wave therapy can be used to break down this calcification, is not invasive and often a better alternative surgery and puncturing them with needles and aspirating their contents. It is also a better cosmetic result as the skin is not punctured.
In this graphic you can see how shockwave therapy can be used to target the calcium build up in the knee.
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